How to remove Counterflix

Have you mentioned annoying pop-ups in the browser that are created by the Counterflix search engine? Do you see the presence of Counterflix somewhere else in the system? If anything like that happened lately – your device is infected by an advertising program, and this item will help you in deleting it.

Counterflix

What is Counterflix

Immediately after the infestation, Counterflix modifies the properties of your browser. It’s all that it can do, because the main role in this system is left for the “search engine” which appears in your browser as soon as you download Counterflix. So, the virus removes your pre-set homepage and your favorite search and puts the scammer’s search in their place. After that, instead of using the well-known Yahoo, Google, Bing or any other search provider you're used to – you will surf the Web via the miserable fake website, giving away fake links ads pop-up windows of all types and colors. One more Counterflix's feature is to change the settings of browser icons in a way that in case you restore the normal controls, you will automatically open the untrusted search as a first tab.

If you've already bothered to uninstall the adware, you could mention that it returns, no matter how many times you erased it. It happens because of the adware’s defensive systems, and we'll unriddle to you their essence:

  • A scheduled task is the easiest technique to launch the reinstallation of Counterflix after its removal. Such tasks aren’t typically used by common computer operators, so the adware simply sets a task to check if it is running, and if it’s not – to get and install it again. This task checks the Counterflix's status after each restart, and that’s why Counterflix keeps coming back.
  • The second manner has the similar goal, but it uses the system registry and not the Scheduled Tasks service. You have to clear the registry to defeat this way, but it is a rather complicated task for a newbie. All other registry items are highly important, and by erasing one of them, you might inflict serious injury to the system.

The virus that shows ads is called Counterflix, and it is an advertising program. It belongs to a special sort of utilities that can't do anything useful, as it was developed to do one thing: to annoy you. Well, the mad-driving activity is not its direct purpose, but it’s easily achieved when Counterflix does what it does – displays advertising banners. It infects the machine, it changes the browser controls and delivers you as many ads as it can and sometimes more, ensuring that they've drawn your attention. Swindlers get a few cents for every click you’ve made, so you can see why the links appear again and again: it’s pure money. In the sections below, we will tell you how the virus got onto the device and how you can defend it against similar viruses. If you’re not interested and just want to delete adware ASAP – ignore the following parts and look at the removal tips.

 

How Counterflix got on your computer

To simplify everything, we will picture the process in total. 99% of the advertising utilities are each other's copies, replicated many times and passed to different scammers after slight visual changes. One of the suchlike lads got Counterflix from an illegal auction, tuned it and put it on file-sharing sites all over the Internet. That’s where you found it, huh? Wait, are you sure that you didn’t search for adware that will annoy you? Possibly, you wanted the best messing-it-all-up utility for your system, and found a useful link to Counterflix downloader? Still wrong? Well, in that case, it was some tool that's actually helpful. Kind of a toll-free program created by an unknown developer, or a hacked copy of a well-known tool you didn’t want to buy.

We know this technique as the “bundled installation”, and it's based on that bad guys merge the installation files of a few viruses and a sole helpful utility to create one file. The main feature of that installer is that it’s called by the name of a useful software, and you cannot see what’s in there until it's too late. On some of the stages, you see an offer to install extra tools, with all fields checked and the first desire is to get them and proceed. And you clicked on it. Don't forget about another method, with the “installation ways”. It's pretty simple: the installation for practiced customers gives you the ability to pick a folder for a utility to be established, and how exactly you need it to be done. In Counterflix's case, choosing the recommended installation means that you admit all the garbage from the bundle into the PC.

Methods to remove Counterflix

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Counterflix manually

Step 1. Uninstall Counterflix from the operation system

Step 2. Remove Counterflix from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Now you know what Counterflix is, and you are aware of its tricky techniques of infection. You know everything you need, besides the highly significant thing: how to remove this adware. Here we go. Counterflix can be deleted by following two basic techniques. The first one is what you’ve just attempted to perform – deletion in manual mode. We know how to make it easier, and under this part, you’ll see the tips on manual elimination. Its significant drawback is that you can’t erase several advertising programs with its help as it will take too much time. We offer you the easier technique: you can fully remove the virus in five minutes through Spyhunter AntiMalware. It has a lot of advantages, including 24/7 support service, wide signature database, fast deletion and the ability to work along with other anti-viruses. Don’t waste time, attempting to clean the system with free software – switch to the decent anti-viral tool. Click the button below to check the hard drive via the toll-free scanner.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall Counterflix from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Counterflix and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\Counterflix
  • C:\ProgramData\Counterflix
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\Counterflix

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Counterflix" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Counterflix and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete Counterflix from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Counterflix and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Remove Counterflix from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Counterflix

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove Counterflix

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove Counterflix

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into Home page field

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose Counterflix and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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